The current president will never win: O Debate representatives criticize Bolsonaro

The current president will never win: O Debate representatives criticize Bolsonaro

The Brazilian film “O Debate,” directed by Caio Platt, flirts with reality as it takes place in the newsroom of a major television station on the day of the last presidential debate before the second round of the 2022 elections.

The feature shows the behind-the-scenes production of the newsletter broadcast shortly after the first meeting between two presidential candidates: the country’s current leader and the opposition candidate.

Two journalists who have just separated, Paula (Deborah Bloch) and Marcus (Paulo Petti), two journalists who have just split, discuss how they should recount how the channel’s best debate moments should be chosen – and that could influence hundreds of thousands of undecided voters.

“I think that was our desire, to participate in the reality of the country, because it is very difficult. I myself have made many films that reflect on the country, but always later. This time, we want to participate in the current debate in Brazil”, explains the director , in an exclusive interview he and other team members gave to

Inevitably, the film deals with many issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is one of the saddest chapters in contemporary history. One of the feature’s proposals, says Paulo Petti, is to evoke Brazilians’ memory of it:

“That was the intent of the film, for us to not be content with the absurd, violent and dangerous facts that happened, and not let them pass. There is that famous phrase: Every 15 years, Brazil forgets what happened in the past 15 years, it was Ivan Les (journalist) who He said that. Today, this happens every 15 minutes,” says the actor.

“It’s a system of communication they have, in which you suggest the most absurd thing, to produce that stupid sympathy, and violence, and misinformation, and lying, and blatant lies,” Betty continues.

I think the movie will encourage people to pay attention and listen. Because the strongmen of Brazil, the current president, will not win any debate. After 680,000 deaths, after being offered a vaccine, it would have been transformative, and my character says that in the movie.
Paolo Petti, the protagonist of “Debate”

“Who would defeat the incumbent if he bought those 100 million doses from Pfizer and vaccinated the whole country, right away? And then the economy would work again quickly, and everything would be fine. Look, that would be genius!” he argues. . my house.

“He should have done it, but he didn’t. So, I think the movie is going to trigger it, let’s not forget it so quickly. We can’t forget that Paulo Gustavo died because he didn’t have a vaccine,” asks the protagonist after making the criticisms without mentioning my name Jair Bolsonaro (PL).

‘We can’t take it anymore’

The actor stars alongside Deborah Bloch, both of whom live as a married couple with a significant age difference. However, Deborah is excited to reveal the fact that she’s a much younger and less hierarchical woman than Marcus (Betty) at the TV station, that doesn’t stop her from being the character who best represents the progressive ideals that glorify the plot.

“I think she’s brave, she wants to break the siege, and she has a more proactive attitude than Marcos. He follows the rules of the game more, and she wants to break them, and get over them. And that’s really cool. I think women have that strength, they haven’t, for centuries, been in positions of strength” Deborah Bloch

Still in the face of the pandemic, Gil Aris, who developed the script for “O Debate” alongside his longtime partner, Jorge Furtado, revealed that delays in procuring vaccines prompted them to start writing the book, which was later adapted for film.

“It was during the pandemic, when the government was still debating the efficacy of a vaccine, whether to buy it, or delay it, when the most urgent matter right now is: Where is the vaccine? The potential vaccine? It wasn’t a consensus. It was late, people died,” he says.

For Joel, positioning himself politically in such an explicit manner is not consistent with his business. However, he and the team got together so that the voices of the artists on this project could resonate.

The director said, “We stopped and thought about what we could do. It changed the way we think, really, we did an art-political job that added a lot with the group of artists who came to shoot the movie,” said the director.

Jorge Furtado also laments the current moment in Brazil, and explains the nature of the advantage. “This is not a party movie in the sense that it is one party, but it undoubtedly takes sides because the two [protagonistas] government opposition. They think alike, but differ on the little things.”

In addition to being impressive for his ability to discuss facts that are still unfolding, “Talk” may be a national cinema record.

Guel Arraes says that after production began, the film finished in just 60 days – and given the rhythm of the Brazilian seventh art, the pace is amazing. Caio Platt explains that this was one of the biggest difficulties he faced as a director.

“It was quite a challenge, we had a very political script and we needed to give it a cinematic look, create interesting characters, and a couple that we get to know. Halfway through the conversation, try to tell us a little bit about the story of this couple so we can root for them and turn it into a love movie.”

“I think this is very remarkable about the film: the way all the teams, from the authors, directors and actors, everyone worked in an extraordinary and extraordinary way to close this film in record time, participating in the discussion. Brazilian.”

Platt concludes the interview by inviting the audience, hoping that the intent of the entire discussion team will be fulfilled.

“The film invites us to leave the false news, the absurd, the defense of fascism and dictatorship, to say that the earth is flat, and suggests that we return to the discussion of love. That is the main thing. (…) The affection and affection we feel for our country, our neighbour, our family or Our ex-husband, is the way to resume dialogue in Brazil.”

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